In starting up my own business, and launching it today, I found it a little disturbing to realise the sad truth, that I, just like the rest of the world, am getting older!! My son used to always say to me, “Mum, who is the kid in this household?” I think I have finally grown up, as I now know what I want to do!
I understand there is no way to stop Father Time from doing his thing, however in reading today that Australia will officially have a population of 23 million people by midnight tonight, the 25th April 2013, I realised I can remember when Australia was pushing to have a population of 15 Million people. Is that giving my age away?
I admit I am a baby boomer (officially born between the years 1946 and 1964) albeit the back end, and I still have a long way to go before I stop working and having the fun I do. However, I am excited to think there is that many people who live in this wonderful country of ours.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics providing some fascinating statistics on our population. We have:
- One birth every 1 minute and 44 seconds
- One death every 3 minutes and 32 seconds
- One overseas migrant arriving every 2 minutes and 19 seconds.
- This equates to us being joined by a new Aussie every 1 minute and 23 seconds.
- Melbourne is leading the way, increasing its population by 70-75,000 people per year.
- The world’s population is more than seven billion, with Aussies representing only 0.3%.
How lucky are we to have access to these figures. Governments can plan, project and prepare for the future. Albeit some may say they don’t do that well.
I see this as a wonderful opportunity for people, particularly people similar to myself, starting a new business. Many fear competition. I believe it is vital to the success of us all. With seven billion people in the world, there is enough to go round.
For me, I see the work I do being a great advantage to Mums at home. Having been a single Mum, the difficulty was always childcare, after school care, kid sickness, school meetings, sports and training. All the things you have and want to do with and for your kid’s, are often difficult to do, because of an employer.
Similarly, now that I have admitted to being a baby boomer, I know how it feels to be rejected for a job because of my age and salary expectation. I’m also approaching the age (although it is some time off yet) where I may want to slow down. It is rare to find an employer who will give you the work flexibility with the hours you want to work and with hour pay expectation.
Virtual Assistants have been around for some time and sadly those who are in offshore countries earn very little. I am looking to add more to the roles and enable Mums and/or Baby Boomers to have the ability to work when they want, from wherever they want and be handsomely rewarded for it. Technology allows us to do this. I am testimony to successfully working from home.
I look forward to hearing from you and welcome your feedback.
Until next time.